Fable III

Common Sense Media says

Thought-provoking role-playing game with mature themes.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game teaches players that there are consequences to all actions and makes them think about problems in a manner that isn't always black or white. As in real life, sometimes there is no right decision in the game, but instead choices that involve necessary evils. However, thanks to the game's adult themes -- including violence, sex, alcohol consumption, and profanity -- these are issues best pondered by adult players.

Positive role models

You can be as nice or as mean as you want to be in this game. However, all of your decisions come with consequences. And in many cases the moral choice is not at all clear. One of the first major decisions players need to make in the game involves choosing which innocent characters an evil king will kill (if the player doesn't choose, the king will kill them all). The player's choices will determine how well loved his or her character is in by the kingdom's citizenry. 

Ease of play

Fable III is a very easy game to pick up. All the major controls are explained at the beginning of the game and those that are layered on later (such as holding hands) are simple to learn.

Violence

Fable III contains cinematic violence. This third-person game has players fight against humans and monsters using a sword, gun (albeit it a very old-fashioned one), and magic. Blood sprays out of enemies, and the action is occasionally dramatized with slow-motion effects.

 

Sex

While there is no nudity, there are plenty of sexual references. The game's hero -- who can be male or female -- can have sex with men, women, and even multiple partners. Moaning can be heard off-camera. Information regarding the number of sexual partners the hero has slept with, as well as sexually transmitted diseases, is tracked within the game.

Language

The word "s--t" can be heard occasionally. Lesser cuss words, including "ass," "bitch," damn," and "hell," can also be heard.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The hero can consumer alcohol and become intoxicated. He or she will experience distorted sight (a temporarily blurred view of the world) and slurred speech. Some characters can be seen smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fable III is rated "Mature" because of its violence, sex, language, and use of alcohol. Also keep in mind gamers must make decisions in this story that can prove morally or ethically challenging. For example, as the ruler, players will be presented with the option of turning a factory that exploits poor children into a school that will educate them. This decision comes at a huge cost: losing a productive factory impacts the overall prosperity of the kingdom. Players have remarkable control over the morality of their actions, but the moral choice is not always clear.

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Kids say

What's it about?

Xbox 360 owners can once again return to the fantasy world of Albion in FABLE III, where your older brother Logan is now king. Problem is, he's quite the tyrant, so our hero leaves the castle to start a rebellion. Gain enough followers and you could overthrow him and become ruler. But would you rule any differently? As with past games in Microsoft Game Studios' popular action role-playing game series, your actions will be tied to consequences. For example, as you're leading your revolution and trying to gain followers, you defeat a renegade leader who will beg for his life; if you kill him, you lose his clan of renegades as allies, but if you spare him, you gain a larger set of supporters (which in turn, open up a new outpost for you to use on your adventures). Decisions like these are peppered throughout the entire tale.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This thoughtfully-designed and competently-crafted action RPG -- penned by legendary game designer Peter Molyneux -- is rich with story, memorable locations, and characters. Its combat – be it through swords, guns, or magic – is simple but gratifying. What's more, every action has a positive or negative reaction, especially once the player becomes ruler of Albion. (And you thought it would be easy being a monarch.) The game's co-op mode wasn't ready at the time of writing this, but two players can band together online to adventure through the campaign as a team.

This Xbox 360 exclusive lets gamers master might and magic, take on dozens of quests for (and with) colorful characters, and explore a huge world that comes alive on your television. Quite simply, if you liked Fable and Fable II, you'll love Fable III.

Online interaction: We were not able to test the online interaction, as co-op play wasn't yet activated at the time of this writing, but two players will be able to log online together and tackle the game side-by-side. They can also talk via a Xbox 360 headset. This will open the door to players playing with strangers and, consequently, possible exposure to offensive language and inappropriate topics of discussion.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether games with difficult moral choices can help make players think about the consequences of their actions in the real world. Do you think players can learn anything from making hard decisions in a simulated world? If you made immoral decisions, why did you do it?

  • Families can also talk about the game's depiction of sexuality. Players see no nudity, but sex -- with multiple partners -- is implied based on decisions the player makes as well as audio effects. Is this significantly different from actually displaying the act on screen? 

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Microsoft Studios
Release date:October 26, 2010
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Language, Sexual Content, Use of Alcohol, Violence (Xbox 360)

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Parent Written byduddy199 May 25, 2011
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Fine for 12 and up

This game is not as bad as Common Sense Media makes it out to be. The violence is not very bad at all, just a tiny bit of blood. Cursing does come up a bit, but not too excessive. The main problem is the sexual themes. If you charm people enough, you will be able to have sex with them no matter the gender, but nothing is shown, only sound effects. Overall, not as bad a a lot of other games, but not for little kids.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byPissed Off December 27, 2010
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
This looks like a great game just by looking at videos. I played fable 1 and fable 2 but now that i want to buy fable 3 my mom won't allow me because of the problem of having sex with multiple sex partners or having sex with the opposite gender. It doesn't even show anything all it does is go to a black screen and make a couple of moans which can be skipped. She knew it was in the other games but this is BS. Screw common sense media.
What other families should know
Great role models
Parent of a 2 and 9 year old Written bygcsears December 4, 2010
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Hard to recommend, but a good game if comfortable with child's maturity and your ability to manage moral content..

I think this is an excellent game, and with a mature enough child a good parent child game for navigating moral choices. The strength of the game is it provides reinforcing messages for making the "right" choice, but it is also its downfall. I would not let my child play this in my absence. Depending on where you fall in the moral spectrum for exposing children to content around right/wrong decision making I would caution the game starts early into "no right answer" dillemas where the character has to choose between two evils. I have not seen any graphic outcomes from this, but the concept could be enough to turn many adults (and parents) off. An early example is when the character has to choose between ordering execution of a friend or a group of strangers falsely accused of treason by the games nemesis (a tyrant). Character is not offered option of refusing, so a choice is forced. This plot device forms underpinnning to the story, but is the biggest example of age inappropriate content in the game for me. Again, nothing graphic (you don't see events unfold after decision), but I thnk concept is the problem in this case, and bright kids get concepts even if they don't get meaning.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
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